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Poster: Scrim Date: Oct 17, 2006 6:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The what to do with my old tapes question

Great question! I have approx. 400 high quality tapes, of which approx. 200 are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen soundboards. I want to make room for more CD's and I need to get rid of them. I am keeping my master tapes of the low gen boards that were only used to make new "listening" copies when I gave a tape to a friend (or to replace tapes that magically walked away.) I am considering auctioning them off on ebay, hopefully to recover the cost of the tapes. But there is an ethical question bugging me on "selling" my tapes. You aren't supposed to sell the music! But it's OK to recoup money on the tapes though...what to do.... Question: is it cool to sell these at public auction or do I suck it up and donate these. (I really could use the money to invest in a new laptop for burning and digitizing new CD's.)

Of course sometimes, if you have to ask the question, you already know the answer.

The good source tapes were all loaned to me in kind, and I used to keep my decks spinning for days on end to hook everybody I knew up. Sometimes I miss the old days, but I really like the ease in burning CD's.

This post was modified by Scrim on 2006-10-18 01:00:17

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Oct 17, 2006 11:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The what to do with my old tapes question

Get a hold of David Grisman if you have vintage reel tapes! He still records with them and got tired of paying $90:00+ each for new ones. I heard some discussion about this on KPFA a couple of years ago.

You probably won't have the problem of dealing with the misuse of copyrighted music either...

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 17, 2006 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The what to do with my old tapes question

Hey man - I understand your issue. Here's my view. Over the years people gave you many tapes without having to pay for the cassette. And friends left extra blanks and extra bud layin' around your house when you were kind enough to dub a few gems for them. And, you've probably experienced heaps of gratification by "turning on" friends, family co-workers, etc...

Based on all that you have gained(as I see it)you ought donate those babies. Find a community radio station or such and let'em go...

Just one's opinion.

This post was modified by high flow on 2006-10-18 00:50:05

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Poster: deadmax Date: Oct 17, 2006 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The what to do with my old tapes question

I agree with high flow. Even though your motive is not greed, you've already gotten "something" for those tapes whether it be music, tapes or kind or just a friendship. If you let them go they might cause more random happiness to happen, if you sell them, someone might just keep the kind energy to themselves. You never know.

On the other hand, it would be interesting to see how much they would fetch. Of course, only a deadhead would probably want them in which case see the above paragraph.

I know I have let tickets, tapes and other things go and yet somehow I end up with more further down the road. Guess its just the way things work around here.

Course, you could give the to the archive. :)